I liked and admired Observe and Report. But after mixed reviews, box office failure, and the date-rape controversy, I worried that might it be awhile before director Jody Hill could get another feature together. But Warner Bros., the studio home of Observe and Report, wasn’t scared off. Hill is in the process of writing an untitled action project for WB set in the American South of the 1970s, said to be inspired by the style of Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch). Now, that’s no automatic greenlight, but the project may receive an unexpected boost in marketability. Heat Vision says this could become a reboot of The Dukes of Hazzard. To be clear, it’s not yet, and the filmmakers won’t decide until Hill finishes the script. But hey, why not? More after the jump.
No, seriously, why not? Take 21 Jump Street. They didn’t need the 21 Jump Street mythology to make a great movie, but they did need the 21 Jump Street brand name to make the movie happen. Whether or not this is a Hazzard movie will literally be decided after the fact, and in theory has little or no influence on the script. I have no desire to see a true Dukes of Hazzard movie, but if Hill can leverage the brand recognition to get his movie made, more power to him. The third and rumored final season of Eastbound & Down—which Hill co-created with Ben Best and Danny McBride—just finished airing on HBO, so Hill’s schedule is clear going forward. We’ll let you know if and when the official naming ceremony occurs.
TV.com described the original series like so:
The Duke Family — cousins Bo ( John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat), assisted by their cousin Daisy ( Catherine Bach) and their uncle, Jesse (Denver Pyle)– fight the system and root out the corrupt practices of Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and his bumbling brother-in-law-Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best). The show became an instant hit, never failing to win its time slot during its original run on CBS for seven seasons from 1979-1985. The Duke boys, a pair of ‘Robin Hood’ types complete with bows and Dynamite arrows, are assisted in their adventures by their car, an orange 1969 Dodge Charger named ‘The General Lee’.
A feature remake starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, and Jessica Simpson was released in 2005, followed by a direct-to-video prequel in 2007. In other words, according to the Spider-Man Principle, it’s high time for a Dukes of Hazzard reboot anyway.
This video seems like the best way to represent the show.